At DC FanDome, fans got a first creative glimpse into Batman: Caped Crusader, the upcoming all-new animated series and reimagining of the Batman mythology.
In a video piece created exclusively for DC FanDome, Executive Producers Bruce Timm, J.J. Abrams, and Matt Reeves along with Co-Executive Producer James Tucker share their inspirations and early insights for this next animated chapter of the Dark Knight.
Batman: Caped Crusader is coming soon to HBO Max and Cartoon Network. Series is produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Bad Robot Productions, and 6th & Idaho.
From Warner Bros. Pictures comes Matt Reeves’ The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson in the dual role of Gotham City’s vigilante detective and his alter ego, reclusive billionaire Bruce Wayne. Starring alongside Pattinson (“Tenet,” “The Lighthouse”) as Gotham’s famous and infamous cast of characters are Zoë Kravitz (“Big Little Lies,” “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”) as Selina Kyle; Paul Dano (“Love & Mercy,” “12 Years a Slave”) as Edward Nashton; Jeffrey Wright (“No Time to Die,” “Westworld”) as the GCPD’s James Gordon; John Turturro (the “Transformers” films, “The Plot Against America”) as Carmine Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard (“The Magnificent Seven,” “Interrogation”) as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson; Jayme Lawson (“Farewell Amor”) as mayoral candidate Bella Reál; with Andy Serkis (the “Planet of the Apes” films, “Black Panther”) as Alfred; and Colin Farrell (“The Gentlemen,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”) as Oswald Cobblepot.
Reeves (“The Planet of the Apes” franchise) directed from a screenplay by Reeves & Peter Craig, based on characters from DC. Batman was created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger. Dylan Clark (the “Planet of the Apes” films) and Reeves produced the film, with Michael E. Uslan, Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong Vo and Simon Emanuel serving as executive producers. The director’s behind-the-scenes creative team included Oscar-nominated director of photography Greig Fraser (“Dune,” “Lion”); Reeves’ “Planet of the Apes” production designer, James Chinlund, and editor, William Hoy; editor Tyler Nelson (“Rememory”); and Oscar-winning costume designer Jacqueline Durran (“1917,” “Little Women,” “Anna Karenina”). The music is by Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino (the current “Spider-Man,” “Jurassic World” and “Star Wars” films, “Up”). Warner Bros. Pictures Presents a 6th & Idaho/Dylan Clark Productions Production, a Matt Reeves Film, “The Batman.”
The film is set to open in theaters March 4, 2022 and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.
J.J. Abrams, Matt Reeves, and Bruce Timm are working on a new animated Batman series. The series will return the character back to his noir roots. Batman: Caped Crusader is getting a straight-to-series order from HBO Max and Cartoon Network.
The series will dive deeper into the psychology of the characters and Batman’s noir roots.
From the announcement:
Utilizing state-of-the-art animation techniques and technologies available, this powerful creative partnership will once again reinvent Batman and his iconic rogue’s gallery with sophisticated storytelling, nuanced characters and intense action sequences all set in a visually striking world.
As expected, DC Fandome delivered a first look at the highly anticipated The Batman from director Matt Reeves and actor Robert Pattinson. The film also stars Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/The Riddler, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, Peter Sarsgaard as District Attorney Gil Colson, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, and Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon.
In the segment, Reeves says the film takes place in “year two” and Batman is trying to figure out how to impact Gotham as the murder count increases and the corruption of the city becomes clearer. While the film isn’t the origin of Batman, it does touch upon his coming into the role as well as the origins of some of Gotham’s villains. Is that the Joker Gang we see?
Also revealed is the Gotham television series will be more of a “year one” as Batman emerges. It’ll explore new areas and more of Gotham along with new characters.
With DC FanDome around the corner, a first look at The Batman is expected. But, leading up to it, DC, Warner Bros., and director Matt Reeves have revealed the logo for The Batman as well as artwork by Jim Lee that gives us a look at the Batman’s design from the film.
HBO Max is going heavy with original series based on DC properties and we’re getting a very intriguing one. The Batman is getting a spin-off that will focus on the Gotham police department from Matt Reeves and Terrence Winter. The series has a commitment.
Reeves is currently working on The Batman, the latest reboot of the Batman franchise, and the focus, not surprisingly, is to launch a “Batman universe” across multiple platforms. This is the first project announced under Reeve’s deal with Warner Bros. Television Group.
The film reportedly focuses on the corruption in Gotham City which easily leads to a natural series focused on the police department.
The Gotham police department was the focus of the now-canceled Gotham television series as well as a praised comic series. Gotham ran from 2014 to 109 for five seasons and 100 episodes. The comic has been one that many have wanted to see developed into a television series for some time now and focuses on how the Gotham PD operates with the concept of Batman in a city.
Along with this series, HBO Max is also seeing the development of Justice League Dark by JJ Abrams and Bad Robot Productions, an Aquaman animated series, a Green Lantern series, “Strange Adventures,” and a series by Elizabeth Banks called “DC Super Hero High.” Previously on just the DC Universe app, Doom Patrol is airing its second season on HBO Max as well and the Harley Quinn animated series will soon be available as well.
Deadline is reporting that Michael Keaton is in talks to return to the role of Batman which he appeared in two films, Batman in 1989 and Batman Returns. This is talks and often talks go nowhere, it’s not a done deal like so many clickbait sites are reporting. Even Deadline says “this deal may not happen.”
Keaton’s Batman would be a “Nick Fury-like role” starting in The Flash starring Ezra Miller. It would have him take on the role in other films like Batgirl. It also doesn’t impact Matt Reeve’s reboot The Batman which stars Robert Pattinson which may pick up the storyline from Batman Returns according to Deadline.
Andrés Muschietti is directing The Flash from a script by Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson. Barbara Muschietti and Michael Disco are producing.
DC’s cinematic universe is taking a different approach than the Marvel one. Instead of one narrative, DC is taking an all approach. Every film, tv show, animated film, are all part of a multiverse. Each story can take place on another version of Earth and crossover when needed. Keaton’s Batman connected with the DC television world as it was shown in the recent event “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” Then, Miller’s Flash also appeared on the show making all of the entities connected. This approach allows DC more freedom to create standalone films, “hey they take place on a different Earth,” reboot franchises, or a larger vision as was originally attempted with Batman v Superman, Justice League, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman.
Movie studios have been shuffling the release dates for many of their films. Warner Bros. is the latest to announce shifts and a trio of comic related films are being impacted and not all are being delayed!
The Batman, the latest reboot of the character starring Robert Pattinson in the lead role and directed by Matt Reeves, will move from June 25, 2021, to October 1, 2021.
The Flash is actually hitting theaters sooner moving up one month. The film will now be released on June 3, 2022 up from July 1, 2022.
Shazam 2 is being delayed from April 1, 2022 to November 4, 2022.
Alex and Joe talk about Wolverine casting rumours for Captain Marvel II, and start talking about Dan Didio being replaced as DC’s publisher before getting wildly off track (while still staying on topic somehow).
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